Lecture: Seeing Nature, Knowing the World

October 11, 2015 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon of Arizona at Sunset
Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon of Arizona at Sunset, 1909, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, Paul G. Allen Family Collection


John E. Buchanan Jr. Memorial Lecture

Rachael DeLue, Associate Professor, Department Of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University

Why paint a landscape? In her lecture, Professor Rachael DeLue considers this question, characterizing the manner in which European and American artists approached
the representation of nature as a unique way of seeing and understanding the world. Focusing on works from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection, DeLue discusses how translating nature into pictorial form through paint and canvas, as a geographer would with topographic surveys and maps, provided these artists
and their audiences with a way of deriving profound meaning from nature’s infinitely varied phenomena and forms.

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